Crisis is brewing in the Ekiti State chapter of Accord Party, as members of the party yesterday dumped their governorship candidate, Chief Abiodun Aluko for misinforming them about the true state of his financial status.
They accused Aluko of deceiving them that he had N1.2 billion to spend for the election but it has been discovered that he lacks the financial wherewithal as earlier claimed to prosecute an election.
The Accord members accused Aluko of abdicating his role as the candidate by not holding any campaign in any part of the state few days to the election.
Rising from an emergency meeting in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital, yesterday, the members adopted the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Prof Kolapo Olusola.
The Accord party members who passed a vote of no confidence in Aluko also accused him of disrespect and dishonorable conduct towards the state executive led by the Chairman, Chief Samuel Odeoba and involvement in anti-party activities.
Addressing a press conference after an emergency meeting of the party, a party leader Akogun Banjo Ojo said the State Executive Committee led by Adeoba has entered into an alliance with the PDP to ensure Olusola’s victory.
According to him, “You will agree with us that the election is very close that a serious candidate should not be dragging his feet, abandon the local government and ward level only to sit down at home and professing that he will win the election.
“The Party and the State Executive Committee members after verification hereby pass a vote of no confidence in you and your governorship ambition under Accord flag.
“We have decided to be in alliance and partnership with the PDP, we have seen the tremendous job done by Governor Ayo Fayose.
“Fayose is the only viable opposition leader in Nigeria, he is not contesting but he has fielded Prof. Kolapo Olusola, Olusola’s antecedents showed Ekiti is going forward.
“We want all of you to vote for Kolapo Olusola on July 14 because we have all seen the tremendous job done by Fayose in the areas of education and infrastructure.”
When contacted, Aluko who denied all allegations levelled against him accused Accord leaders of greed saying he cannot match the financial war chest of both the PDP and the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Aluko said: “Their action was borne out of greed for money; I can’t compare myself with the state government which is sponsoring Eleka (Olusola) and the federal government which is supporting Fayemi.
“The decision was not taken by the whole party but by two people. I still have the 16 local government excos behind me and we are going ahead with our participation in the election.
“I did not commit any offence, they demanded the money which I cannot afford presently. The said PDP and APC are spending billions which I can’t spend.’’
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